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World champ Verstappen reviews ‘outrageous, extreme, and insane’ season

Lewis Hamilton’s future in Solution 1 stays a hot subject as we go into the off-season with the Briton yet to clarify whether he will return with Mercedes following a squashing loss in the title race to Max Verstappen.

The Briton has actually gone off the radar given that defeat at the awesome Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, stimulating speculation over whether he will return as colleague to brand-new Mercedes motorist George Russell.

There is expectation that the seven-time world champ will be back, with Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali determined Hamilton will “recharge the his batteries and come back with even more desire than before to win an eighth world title.”

However the effect of Russell’s arrival, changing Valtteri Bottas, will show interesting and might alter the dynamic of the title race in between Hamilton and Verstappen, with the possibility of a 3rd title competitor – or more, ought to the brand-new guidelines move the balance of power.

Throughout the filled and extreme 2021 season, occurrences on track expense Red Bull near an eye-watering €4m, the third-highest figure amongst all chauffeurs behind Mick Schumacher of Haas (€4.2m) and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (€4.1m). Verstappen’s tally is more than 3 times that of his intense competing Hamilton, who set Mercedes back €1.2m throughout the years, according to Sky Germany.

Naturally the Dutchman, who clinched his first world title in thrilling however questionable style at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, would put a few of that expense to Hamilton himself after blaming the Briton for their high-speed event at Copse Corner throughout the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, among the fastest turns in Formula 1 where the set made contact and Verstappen was sent out flying throughout the gravel into the barriers. Follow all the most recent F1 news listed below.

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Leclerc unfortunate with his last season tally, states Ferrari chief

Ferrari group principal Mattia Binotto states Charles Leclerc was unfortunate in the 2021 season and he lost 40 points due to “race situations”.

The one in charge indicated 2 races in specific where Leclerc might have gotten points. In the Monaco Grand Prix he took lead however damage to his automobile indicated he couldn’t race and in Hungary he was gotten by Lance Walk in the very first lap.

Binotto stated: “We should not forget that in his season, there are a couple of examples, which is Monaco and Budapest, where he didn’t score but I think he has been unlucky as a driver in those occasions.

“Without that, it’s difficult to say what he would have finished at the end of the race, but maybe at least 40 points missing on his classification. So without that again I think he would have been a lot further ahead in the championship.”

Leclerc ended up seventh in the motorist standings, however an extra 40 would have seen him increased to 4th.

Karl Matchett24 December 2021 11:14

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Alonso positive that enhancements are ahead in 2022

Fernando Alonso thinks he can be even quicker in 2022 after his 2021 preseason was hindered by a biking mishap.

Alonso delighted in an excellent year with French group Alpine (previously Renault), completing 10th in the chauffeurs’ champion and even notching a podium at the end of the season in Qatar.

At 40, the two-time world champ will be the earliest motorist on the F1 grid next season given that Kimi Raikkonen has actually now retired. However he thinks he can do even much better with the chance for a complete winter season preparation after pre-season was interfered with in 2021. More listed below:

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Ferrari delighted in an efficient 2021

Lots to anticipate for Ferrari next season, after Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc ended up 5th and seventh respectively in the motorist standings.

They clocked up 5 podium surfaces in between them, with Ferrari completing 3rd in the contractor champion.

Karl Matchett24 December 2021 10:35

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Lewis Hamilton will return with ‘even more desire’ in 2022

Lewis Hamilton will have “even more desire” to win a record 8th Formula 1 title next season, states primary Stefano Domenicali.

The British motorist simply lost out on the record this season after he was pipped to the title in the last race of the project. Hamilton was leading the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix however was surpassed by Max Verstappen in the last lap to lose.

The situations around the defeat makes Domenicali think Hamilton will be back with a revenge.

“Lewis Hamilton? I’m sure he will recharge his batteries and come back with even more desire than before to win the eighth world title,” he informed Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport. Complete report:

Karl Matchett24 December 2021 10:17

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Max Verstappen believed Red Bull promo was ‘nonsense’

Max Verstappen’s preliminary response to news of a promo at Red Bull in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix was that it was “nonsense”.

Verstappen’s very first full-time drive came with the junior group Toro Rosso at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, prior to stepping up in location of Daniil Kvyat at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, making it an unforgettable launching after taking triumph.

“That’s right, yes,” Red Bull’s motorist program manager Helmut Marko informed Motorsport.com when talking about the rumour. Jos did understand something was going on which Max may be driving for Red Bull, however Max believed it was large rubbish.

“I called Jos early in the morning and told him we had to meet in Graz. During the lunch that followed, I could not get straight to the point. At the same time, there were all sorts of things going on in England in terms of contracts and preparations, so I had to talk around it a bit.

“It was only at the end of that lunch that I was able to get down to business, when Max was already wondering why he was there at all.

“Anyway, before Max came to Graz he could have known what would happen, especially if he had listened to Jos. (Laughs) Coincidentally, we discussed it over dinner in Austin this year.”

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Ian Poulter repairs Carlos Sainz’s golf swing

Carlos Sainz’s other enthusiasm far from the track is golf.

And Ian Poulter provided him a fast lesson a couple of weeks back, as the Spaniard quotes to decrease his handicap from 11 to 5.

Jack Rathborn24 December 2021 09:25

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Lando Norris beats Max Vertsappen to win Finest Overtake of 2021

Lando Norris has actually won Formula 1’s award for Finest Overtake of 2021.

The Briton beat off competitors from fellow-finalist Max Vertsappen, with 53.8 percent of the vote.

And the McLaren motorist played down his triumph of the world champ, tweeting: “Wow. My first F1 win.”

Jack Rathborn24 December 2021 09:09

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Red Bull got ‘lucky’ in F1 title race ending, declares Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya preserves that Red Bull got “lucky” in their Formula 1 title accomplishment over Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

“Yes, you’re trying to race, but racing in a way where you really want to get in the way, and Lewis knows if he goes for it they would crash and call it a racing incident and they (Red Bull) were counting on that,” stated the Colombian, who raced in F1 in between 2001 and 2006.

“Red Bull played all the cards to get it (the title) and in the end they did – luck was on their side. Whether they made the right decisions or not is up to the FIA to analyse.”

Jack Rathborn24 December 2021 08:51

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Sergio Perez ‘would have been destroyed 20 years ago’ for assisting Max Verstappen

Juan Pablo Montoya preserves Sergio Perez’s function in assisting to provide Max Verstappen the Solution 1 title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would have seen him “destroyed” back in his day.

“Oh my God, it’s good that Checo got involved and helped Max. And I think he did a very good job for Max,” the Colombian stated.

“Twenty years ago, if the second driver did that, he would have been destroyed. And if Rubens (Barrichello) ever helped Michael (Schumacher), everyone said ‘oh my God, why are you helping Michael? You gave up a win, a position?’

“And it was a big drama at the time, whereas today they say ‘oh, he helped him, he got in the way and it was good that he did it’. Those are points of view.”

“I don’t know [what has changed]. It’s pretty crazy.

“Honestly, I think if you were supporting Max you would think what ‘Checo’ did was sensational because it helped him. But if you were supporting Lewis or you were neutral, you would wonder why he got involved.”

Jack Rathborn24 December 2021 08:35

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.